A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

Press Releases & Media Kits

World premiere of Trou Story by Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie Abitibi premiere of Paule Baillargeon’s Trente tableaux

Press release


Montreal, October 13, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will present two films directed by artists originally from the Abitibi region in the official competition at this year’s Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Making its world premiere is Trou Story ( The Hole Story), a documentary by Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie—made in the same provocative vein as their earlier Forest Alert—that takes a hard look at the Canadian mining industry. And screening for the first time in Abitibi is Paule Baillargeon’s unconventional autobiography Trente tableaux ( In Pieces), created during an NFB residency. Also in competition is Patrick Doyon’s animated short Sunday, back in Quebec after resounding success on the international festival circuit.

Trou Story

The history of mining in Canada is the story of astronomical profits made with disregard for the environment and human health. The story of nickel in Sudbury, silver in Cobalt, gold in Timmins, copper in Rouyn . . . Using striking images, rare archival footage, interviews and the filmmakers’ trademark humorous social commentary, Trou Story is a wake-up call about mining practices in Canada. In a country rich in mineral resources, mining companies have historically paid little tax, while local municipalities bear the financial burden of building and maintaining the roads they use to truck their wealth out to other countries. A must-see film produced by the NFB’s Colette Loumède, Trou Story will premiere on October 30.

Trente tableaux

Paule Baillargeon, winner of the 2009 prix Albert-Tessier, created this free-spirited, feature-length documentary during a two-year residency at the NFB. Trente tableaux tells the story of her life: the story of a woman, filmmaker, mother, feminist, artist—and an actress, who delivers a powerful narrative that is at once soothing and unsettling. Thirty tableaux, some of which are animated, merge into the portrait of a life both rebellious and unassuming. Less of an autobiography than an authentic tale, the film is as unpredictable and inimitable as life itself. Produced by the NFB’s Colette Loumède.


In Patrick Doyon’s animated short Sunday, a family gathers at Grandma and Grandpa’s after church. It’s a Sunday like any other, except for the factory closing that has the grown-ups worried. As usual, a young boy chases away his boredom by playing with coins on the railroad tracks. He finds, to his surprise, that some coins can have amazing and magical sides. An animated short with hints of naïve art and fantasy, Sunday is a love letter to children’s imaginations, and has garnered three international awards, including a Special Mention for Best Short Film in the Youth Section of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. Produced by Marc Bertrand and Michael Fukushima at the NFB.

About the NFB

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is developing the entertainment forms of the future in groundbreaking interactive productions, while pioneering new directions in 3D stereoscopic film, community-based media, and more. It works in collaboration with emerging and established filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Over 2,000 NFB productions can be streamed online, at the NFB.ca Screening Room as well as via partnerships with the world’s leading video portals, while the NFB’s growing family of apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV delivers the experience of cinema to Canadians everywhere.


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For In Pieces and Sunday

Stéphane Burelle, NFB Publicist

Telephone: 514-283-9607

Cell: 514-242-0900

E-mail: s.burelle@nfb.ca

For The Hole Story

Judith Dubeau, Publicist for the NFB

Telephone: 514-495-8176

Cell: 514-983-6286

E-mail: judith.dubeau@ixioncommunications.com

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB

Telephone: 514-283-3838

Cell: 514-296-8261

E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca